Panthers Stewart Football

  FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2012, file phot0, Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) holds his foot after getting hurt on a play during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's optimistic running back Jonathan Stewart will play Sunday in the season opener at Tampa Bay. Stewart sprained his right ankle in the team's third preseason game Aug, 26 and hasn't practice since. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2012, file phot0, Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) holds his foot after getting hurt on a play during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's optimistic running back Jonathan Stewart will play Sunday in the season opener at Tampa Bay. Stewart sprained his right ankle in the team's third preseason game Aug, 26 and hasn't practice since. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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